[SIGCIS-Members] PhD: Statistics, computing and environmental knowledge, University of York (UK)
james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk
Thu Oct 15 03:53:43 PDT 2020
Dear SIGCIS list
Here's an upcoming funded PhD studentship at the University of York
(UK). I'm forwarding on behalf of the supervisors: potential applicants
should contact Sabine Clarke, sabine.clarke at york.ac.uk, who will be able
to advise further.
The timetable for recruitment is
* Application deadline: Monday 11 January 2021
* Anticipated interview dates: February 2021
* Start date: October 2021
The funding will cover fees at UK rates for 4 years and a student
stipend at the UKRI national minimum rate for 3.5 years (£15,560 per
year for 2021/22). International students are eligible, but if they are
charged the higher international fee rate, will need to find additional
funds to cover the difference.
PhD in Statistics, computing and environmental knowledge in the 20th
A PhD studentship is available to explore the contributions to
environmental knowledge and innovations in farming made by applied
scientists based at agricultural research stations in Britain and its
colonies between 1920 and 1970. Statistics and computing became key
tools for the study of ecology during the course of the 20th century and
this project will unpack the motives for developing these tools and the
assumptions that underpinned their use. You will be based in the
Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB)
<https://www.york.ac.uk/anthropocene-biodiversity/> at the University of
York, supervised by leading experts in this field, Sabine Clarke
<https://www.york.ac.uk/history/staff/profiles/clarke/> and Calvin
Key research questions include:
* What is the relationship between problem-solving in agriculture and
the development of new quantitative methods of analysis involving
statistics and computing between 1920 and 1970?
* What is the relationship between agricultural research and ecology
* What was the relationship between environmental knowledge and the
ambitions of government for increasing productivity in farming in
Britain and the British empire?
The student will use the archives of agricultural research stations and
British scientists, and relevant publications to map the contexts and
networks that were important for the production of new techniques for
analysing data and their relationship with ecological and agricultural
knowledge in the mid-twentieth century.
This project would suit a student with an interest in history (of
statistics, computing, ecology or agricultural research) or
ecological/environmental science methods and interdisciplinary working.
It also has potential for thinking about the ways in which ecologists
communicate their methods (not just their findings) to a wider public
audience, a key issue in building trust in science amongst society.
LCAB will provide you with a range of opportunities to interact with
other PhD students and researchers across departments and institutions,
and will support you with additional training as required.
* Supervisors: Dr Sabine Clarke <mailto:sabine.clarke at york.ac.uk> and
Prof Calvin Dytham <mailto:calvin.dytham at york.ac.uk>
* Home department: History <https://www.york.ac.uk/history/>
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